Merry Monday #184, Freshly Made #217 & guests

I was sick, and down for a while, but now I’m better and playing catch-up! 🙂  I have lots to show you tonight, so lets get started! 🙂  First I have a card that I made and I will submit it to two different challenges.  Merry Monday #184 and Freshly Made #217.

Merry Monday’s theme is baking:

184Freshly Made Sketches, has a sketch;)

FMS Final 217-001My card stayed pretty much to the sketch, which is what I normally do;)


UPDATE:  My card has the honor of wining the Merry Monday #184 challenge! 🙂

Winner Badge

For this card I used a digital image from Raspberry Road Designs, from the Christmas Cookies collectionI also used one of the papers from the paper pack that goes with this collection.  I used Stampin’ Up! Real Red, and either Wild Wasabi or Pear Pizzazz for the words.  I cut the words with a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs, and the middle rectangle, I cut with Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop-up my sentiment:)

I’m pretty pleased that I was able to pull a card of any kind together in the last couple days, so I hope you like it:)


I have 5 guests today!  I will be showing only a few cards from each guest, and then I’m done showing Christmas cards for this year!  So hold on tight, here we go! 🙂

My first guest is Lee Mae Elkins:)  This is the second time Lee Mae has sent cards to me, personally, for my hospitals:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALee Mae sent a nice selection of cards:)  I have to admit, it was really hard to pick just a few from each guest.  I picked these because I thought they were all so much fun! 🙂  Kids love animals of just about any kind and dress them up for Christmas and it’s all the better! 🙂  Thank you Lee Mae for sending such wonderful cards for our kids! 🙂


Next is Kayla Ford from IL, not too far from where I live:)  Kayla is a repeat sender:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAll of Kayla’s cards are bright and cheerful, with lots of colors and patterns! 🙂  Kayla’s cards remind me of quilts:)  Thank you so much Kayla for thinking of our kids again to cheer them for Christmas! 🙂


My next guest has sent in a number of times before, Andrea La Vigne from TX:)  Andrea has her own blog that you can check out to see how she makes her cards:)  Pop over to see her blog Andrea’s Antics, here🙂

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t these all cute! ?  Andrea does wonderful coloring and water coloring! 🙂 I know the Reindeer is from one of our sponsors at SAS4Kids, but I’m sorry, I don’t know which one:(  Maybe someone could fill us in on that?  I love how Andrea positioned him on her card! 🙂  Great cards Andrea, thank you for being a repeat sender, I know the kids love your cards! 🙂


Holly Blaskie from MI, is my next guest:)  Holly is also a repeat sender:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHolly used some really cute cats this time, and some really pretty silver accents:)  The tall card next to the kitty has the silver, but it looks kind of black:(  Holly sent in 75 cards this time, it was hard to pick just 4!  Thank you Holly for your continued support of our kids, they will really love these cards! 🙂


My last Christmas cards for this year were sent in by Geri Dean and her sister Melanie Carruth of MN:)  Geri and her sister sent in an amazing 151 cards! 🙂  I know everyone can’t send in that many, and I assure you, every card counts toward a box for a hospital!  Don’t ever feel rushed or that you have to do as many as someone else!  I don’t care if you send 5 cards, you are making a difference in a child’s life! 🙂  Every card made and sent, is a happy smile in an envelope to a child! 🙂

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERANow aren’t these fun! 🙂  The first cards are made with Lawn Fawn, I have those little birds! 🙂  I’ve made some of these little penguins, and Geri has these wonderful horse stamps that she uses a lot:)  Here she’s added Christmas paper and a sentiment to really dress it up!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOk, there were a lot of cards, I really had a hard time narrowing it down!  I love the soft, cute animals in the first set, and the last card is genius! 🙂  The tree card had the background paper and sentiment added, and then included is a set of stickers that a child can decorate themselves!  I’ve never seen this, what a great idea! 🙂  They can put on the tree and the little ornaments any way they want to, what fun! 🙂  I took off the paper clips and put the cards and stickers into a clear envelope along with a regular envelope.  Geri and Melanie always send in great cards, thank you ladies for working so hard to made Christmas a wonderful time of the year! 🙂


I want to thank every single card maker who spent time making cards to bring a smile to the faces of our kids here at Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂  Without all of you, we would not be able to do what we, the volunteers, do! 🙂  The world is a crazy place, I believe we, cardmakers and volunteers,  are doing an important job, that affects lots of kids all over the USA!  I am so proud to share your talents and pieces of art with our kids!:)

I thank you all for your help making Christmas brighter for so many! 🙂

I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! 🙂  I hope to continue working with you through the next year! 🙂





Filed under Boys-men, Challenges, Christmas, Freshly Made, Guests, Kids, Lawn Fawn, Merry Monday, Raspberry Road Designs, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!, Winter

15 responses to “Merry Monday #184, Freshly Made #217 & guests

  1. That digi stamp you have used for the Merry Monday card is adorable!

  2. Holly Blaskie

    Another wonderful batch of cards! All so colorful, cheery & festive! I’m partial to the cat cards & of course, the awesome reindeer with sunglasses Cool Yule card of Andrea’s!!! Also happy to be a part of this wonderful group of card makers! Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Marianne

    Your baking themed card is absolutely adorable!

  4. Thank you for the work you do Janet Kay. It is so kind of you to feature cards that people have donated and it is easy to keep sending you our creations knowing they are appreciated. I am guessing most of us only want to hear thank you and you do so much more.
    Hope you are feeling better.
    Merry Christmas

  5. Janet, first off, THANK YOU for all you do! Like Barbara Roe said, it is so great that you feature cards that are sent in to you for the kids. Thank you for featuring mine in this post! The reindeer & “Cool Yule” greeting are from Crackerbox Palace. Love all the little kitty cards. I’m very much a cat person. 🙂 Hope you are feeling better, and congrats on getting a card made for the challenges. Good luck! Have a wonderful Christmas, and Happy New Year! ~ Andrea

  6. Such a lovely card you have created for Merry Monday, thank you for playing along with us.

  7. lindarsnodgrass

    Your gingerbread card for Merry Monday is just too cute. Thank you for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

  8. Janet, Love the little gingerbread and tea cup scene on your card. Those are all cute & fun cards sent in for the kids. I just bought that Cool Yule deer and sentiment stamps. Looking forward to some cute cards next season.

  9. robyncockburn

    Such cute images on all of these cards. They’re sure to add some joy to someone’s day.

  10. Love your card with its sweet treats! And your collection of cards is great!

  11. Thank you all for your wonderful comments! 🙂

  12. jentimko

    Lovely work on the sketch and such a fabulous digi image!! Great shares…thanks for showing all the inspiration. Glad to see you at FMS and happy new year!

  13. This is a beautiful card, and such a fun image. I love all of the Christmas inspiration. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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